Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

#MartinLutherKingJr's thoughts on #poverty in America

51 years ago today, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his landmark I Have A Dream speech at the March on Washington. One of the nation's most iconic and revered civil rights leaders, many do not know that Dr. King he also spoke out against poverty. In 1967, he published Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, a book which advocates for a universal basic income to elevate Americans to the middle class. Jordan Weissmann's Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Solution to Poverty, published in The Atlantic, reveals the little known story of King's commitment to eliminating poverty. The video clip below feature's King's own words, in his voice, on poverty.

On this 51st anniversary of the March on Washington, what is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy today? What work still needs to be done? How can his approach to poverty issues be used to conquer the persistence of these injustices?

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